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Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby ZrowsN1s » Sat May 12, 2018 10:48 pm

It's a slow day on the forum so I thought I'd liven things up with a Poll.

Pick a favorite out of these 5 Spydies. Why these 5? Just because :D Feel free to tell us what you picked and why you picked it :D
I know it's tough, but for this poll you can only choose one (you CAN change your mind though ;) )
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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Robishere » Sat May 12, 2018 11:09 pm

I pick the para 3
3 inch ideal blade length, but maxamet or other great steels have g10 and not my hated dollar store looking frn, or it would be a tie with the native. I just ordered a s35 native to scrap the blade and keep the handle for my Maxamet. It takes buying 2 knives to make one goodbone.
Why the native is cursed with being blurple or frn or slick carbon fiber I have no idea. Being such a fine design, m390 with g10 or m4 with g10 or Maxamet with g10 are all winners, but alas, blurple or frn are the only choices.....I want the knife, so my Maxamet is getting the g10 off another knife.
Hence the para 3 is the same length but I can get a variety of steels that are great and get g10 every time.
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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sat May 12, 2018 11:14 pm

Native... Only bc I want the new m4 exclusive

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Mushroom » Sat May 12, 2018 11:20 pm

I voted Delica.

So much to like about the Delica, especially the Delica 4. It has great ergonomics, the bidirectional texture is nice and grippy, 4 way carry options, time tested and proven design, but the number of blade options available was reason enough for me to vote for it. Standard blade in Plain, Combo, and Serrated, with or without TiCN coating. Also available with a Wharncliffe, Hawkbill, Reverse S, w/ Emerson Wave, 2.5" legal, and trainer.

On top of all that, it is offered in a number of different steel options widely available as either standard or exclusives, and is often sprinted! (VG10, H1, ZDP189, S30V, HAP40, Superblue, Damascus, Etc.)

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Sharp Guy » Sat May 12, 2018 11:30 pm

Seriously? Those are all great choices!

Today I'll pick the Caly 3. Tomorrow it could be the Native...or maybe the Para 3....I mean Delica....no...wait UKPK....
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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby PSquared » Sat May 12, 2018 11:34 pm

My vote is based on “out the box” preferences of the 4 models I own.

Caly 3 - best out the box, love carbon fiber and the ZDP189, mine are not modified
UKPK - really love the thin blade stock, not wild about BD1 but my S110 version with aftermarket carbon fiber scales gets more carry time than my Caly 3
Native 5 - liking the linerless models a lot. The ergos of the Native 5 didn’t work for me until I realized that if I grind down the sharp peak on the back of the choil (like the Military or Blackhawk) it works a LOT better for me.
Delica - sentimentality my favorite but the ergos of the bumps in the handle don’t work for me. Aftermarket scales help but even then they get less carry than the 3 models above.
Para 3 - I don’t own one because of the thick blade stock and it has the choil that I’d need to grind down like I did with the Native. Compression locks have never really “clicked” for me.

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby AlwaysTomboy » Sat May 12, 2018 11:38 pm

Caly 3 all the way. It just feels best in hand for me. I'd love a lightweight version, and I wish I could customize it with a lanyard or custom scales, but it's still my all time fav. Not all that practical a choice, though, since it's not a current production model and there aren't many easily obtainable options for folks who don't already have one.

Native is a close second, though, and that one *is* both a current production with a lot of options as is, and a lot of recent sprints, and is customizable to boot. :)

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Doc Dan » Sat May 12, 2018 11:53 pm

I picked the Delica, then changed my mind and picked the Caly3. I love both. Now, if you had asked which one would I buy the most of, it would be the Delica, hands down. It is cheaper and has great features, and is lighter weight. The Caly3, however, is heavier duty, feels great in the hand, and is nice and trim with better steel.
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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Ric » Sun May 13, 2018 12:23 am

Para 3 any day.
Smooth action a joy to open and close.
Perfect size and weight.
Cool that there are so many variations already available.
Hope more to come!

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby BDNX » Sun May 13, 2018 12:37 am

UKPK for me. Pretty close between that and the Delica. In the end, the extreme lightweight and ergos do it for me. Especially with that choil. Love it.

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby jacala » Sun May 13, 2018 1:01 am

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Bloke » Sun May 13, 2018 3:04 am

I picked the humble Delica as I believe it’s one of the best bang for buck knives on the market. :)
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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby ChrisinHove » Sun May 13, 2018 3:40 am

Caly for me : I like the extra heft over the UKPK, but yeah, give me any one of these and I would be good for life.

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Tdog » Sun May 13, 2018 3:57 am

Really hard to choose between the Delica and Caly 3, but since I am a "blood brother" :p to the Delica, I'll have to stick with it. :D

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby tvenuto » Sun May 13, 2018 5:11 am

Delica. Taste the rainbow.


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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby attila » Sun May 13, 2018 5:16 am

Before getting the smooth green G10 Native, i'd have immediately voted for the Para 3, but I can't decide anymore.

All I can say about the others is that the Delica needs a special combination of features to appeal to me anymore, I don't own a UKPK but expect I'd really like it like I like my K390 Urban, and my HAP40 Caly 3 is the most imperfect Spyderco I own. None of those make the cut, so I'm left torn between the linerless Native 5 and Para 3.
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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Nate » Sun May 13, 2018 5:51 am

I have multiple Caly 3's and Natives, but voted UKPK based on most accumulated carry time, and because there's no Chaparral option. :)

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Evil D » Sun May 13, 2018 7:08 am

I have to say Caly 3. It's just a superb knife. In this general size range I would also throw in the Mantra, it's basically a Delica flipper with better steel and a bit nicer overall.

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Halfneck » Sun May 13, 2018 7:36 am

Delica all the way. Good ergonomics and bang for your buck ratio.

That said I carried my Caly 3 this week at work and was reminded what a great knife it is.

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Re: Pick a favorite out of these 5....

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun May 13, 2018 7:46 am

For me it's the Delica; this design was one of my first Spyderco knives and it's a classic, and I can get one in pretty much any color, steel, edgetype and grind!

For pure performance, the Caly 3 is my runner-up.
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